Q2N Replay

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The UN’s chief weapons inspector, Mohamed ElBaradei, said today he had seen “no credible evidence” that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, rejecting British intelligence allegations that a weapons programme has been going on for at least four years.

The Guardian too spread propaganda and the media frenzy is ludicrous, but the war pimps objective is not so funny.

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The War Pimps Are Up To Something

I don’t buy this-

America’s spy chief was sent on a secret mission to Israel to warn its leaders not to launch a surprise attack on Iran without notifying the US Administration. As Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, prepares to visit Washington, it emerged yesterday that Leon Panetta, the head of the CIA, went to Israel two weeks ago. He sought assurances from Mr Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, the Defence Minister, that their hawkish new Government would not attack Iran without alerting Washington.

Notice at no point does it say ‘Do not attack’ it just says- Hey, tell us first. But that’s not it, why send the CIA head two weeks before Bibi he comes to Washington. Well it was ahead of the AIPAC conference for one (so, co-ordinating a message, friction but not too much), it also meant…well do you trust the CIA? Are they working wholly for the Obama administration or are they working towards an attack on Iran, or is that the true Washington intention. After all we should now be used to betrayals of the campaign rhetoric. We know spying for Israel will not be prosecuted now and Harman also walked, Senators sign any old shit AIPAC give them and this is from a Murdoch paper, an attempt to isolate and weaken the negotiations route? The generally given reason the US would have to green light an attack is Israeli jets would be flying through US controlled Iraqi airspace, so why have to ask to be warned? The conventional wisdom says the airspace question means Israel has to resolve that to mount an attack with permission, so how come now the US thinks it will be surprised? Would US forces confronted with Israeli jets fire or not? This suggest they had a meet up to try and avoid that situation occurring, but not by ruling out an attack, so what did they discuss, scheduling?

Israeli Ambassador To Australia Forgets Cameras Are Still On

D’oh, obviously war pimping against Iran has stages and they are not at the public roll out of their brand quite yet DownUnder.

Update: Haaretz reports it too-

The Gaza operation was merely a “pre-introduction” to the challenge Israel would face from Iran, which will become a nuclear power within a year, the Israeli ambassador to Australia said Sunday.

War Pimps Broke

More good news, as the empire’s elite wrangle over how to fleece the public the blockade of Iran attempt looks to be dead. This combined with the gossip Bush actually chilled out on Israeli plans to attack Iran looks like imperial overstretch, reality and domestic greed have beaten out the bloodlust of the neocons/zionists for now. Also regarding the poo-pooing of the Israeli aggression Socialist Unity has good piece which discusses how this displays a power dynamic neatly summed up with-

Ultimately, then, a stronger case can be made that the nature of the relationship between the US and Israel is akin to that of a vicious bulldog and its master. Whilst the bulldog might be able to pull its master along on the leash for a while, all it takes is for the master to exert sufficient force on the leash to bring it back into line.

If the Guardian story is to be believed, it appears that Israel’s leash has just been pulled.

Update: Jim Lobe on the blockade resolution in detail.

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Con Coughlin/Telegraph Referred To Press Complaints For Lies

The background from yesterday’s post here (including Coughlin being told to fuck off by former colleagues who have as low an opinion of him as I do) . Now today via Cernig @ Atlargely-

Payvand- A complaint was issued today to the Press Complaints Commission concerning an article published in the Daily Telegraph on 12 September which claimed that enriched uranium has disappeared from Iran’s nuclear facility in Isfahan. Quoting an unnamed nuclear official the article, entitled ‘Iran renews nuclear weapons development’, alleged that nuclear material equivalent to that of six atomic bombs have disappeared from Isfahan and are believed to have been relocated to covert installations spotted by American spy satellites.

However the report of International Atomic Energy Agency published on 15th September states that there is no missing nuclear material and that “all nuclear material at the Uranium Conversion Facility in Isfahan remains under Agency containment and surveillance”. Responding to the Telegraph article, IAEA’s media head, Melissa Fleming, said that the allegations are “fictitious” and pointed out that “uranium is not enriched at Isfahan as the Telegraph story states but at the fuel enrichment plant in Natanz.”

The complaint issued today from the Westminster Committee on Iran, raises wider issues of media impartiality when reporting on Iran and raises concerns about the use of unnamed sources and sensationalist headlines. It also points out that the co-author of the piece, Con Coughlin, is none other than the journalist who, with the help of unnamed intelligence sources revealed link between the 9/11 hijacker, Mohammed Ata, and Iraqi intelligence which was latter proved to be inaccurate. On 24 January 2007, relying on an unnamed “European defence official” Coughlin alleged that North Korea is helping Iran prepare a nuclear weapons test. In December the Telegraph ran a headline article, also by Coughlin, claiming that Iran was “grooming Bin Laden’s successor”. Both stories were questioned by Middle East and military experts, and neither has since been substantiated. Jeremy Bowen, the BBC’s Middle East correspondent described the Bin Laden claims as “wholly implausible” and pointed out that Al Quaeda, a Sunni organisation would not be supported by the Shia administration in Iran.

Telegraph Caught Printing Outright Lies By War Pimp Con Coughlin

I should add Coughlin is a neocon who does work that so helps MI6 they really should be paying him…Ahem. So (ht2C&L) Arms Control Wonk writes (links at original post)-

A couple of days ago Con Coughlin and Tim Butcher published an article in the Daily Telegraph that stated Iran had diverted some Hex from the conversion facility as Isfahan:

Nuclear experts responsible for monitoring Iran’s nuclear programme have discovered that enough enriched uranium, which if processed to weapons grade level could be used to make up to six atom bombs, has disappeared from the main production facility at Isfahan.

The article smelled fishy to me, and not just because I think that wrapping fish and chips is the only appropriate use for the Telegraph.

The story seemed patently false, but now we have a statement from the IAEA’s Melissa Fleming. The statement is available from an Iranian website, but I confirmed the authenticity of the statement with a colleague:

“The article, entitled ‘Iran renews nuclear weapons development’ published in [Friday’s] Daily Telegraph by Con Coughlin and Tim Butcher is fictitious,” IAEA Spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said in a statement.

“IAEA inspectors have no indication that any nuclear material is missing from the plant,” reads the statement….

The C&L post by Cernig reports how the bullshit WMD war pimp is the proverbial lie that travels around the world before the truth gets its shoes on, with it turning up in the Jerusalem Post, so we see the function of such lies. Openly false propaganda to serve the warmongering of certain factions laundered through a few media outlets, an exact copy of the WMD lies about Iraq. Which is not surprising as MI6’s favourite hack also did that.

As some consolation Private Eye#1216 (please put all your content on line, it’s called the 21st century Hislop!) reported a few weeks back in Telegraph Watch (retyped by my fair hands from the print edition)-

Emotional scenes at the leaving party for Daily Telegraph veterans Paul Hill and Patsy Dryden, who have been axed after serving on the foreign desk for 37 years and 19 years respectively.

Although many former foreign editors came to the Press House wine bar off Fleet Street to drink their health, there was one who had deliberately not been invited. Step forward Con Coughlin- who turned up nevertheless and found himself buttonholed by Robin Gedye, ex-foreign editor of the Sunday Telegraph.

“You’ve got a fucking nerve turning up here!” Gedye snapped. “you were responsible for sacking half the people in this room. Now fuck off.” Coughlin turned even redder than usual, and off he duly fucked.

Dutch Spooks Reckon Iran Hit Coming

Via Monte who posted @ Stop The Second Holocaust a few places have this, Ynet & The Jerusalem Post and other Israeli sites, Tehran Times and Press TV in Iran and… The Daily Telegraph:-

According to reports in the newspaper De Telegraaf, the country’s intelligence service, the AIVD, has stopped an espionage operation aimed at infiltration and sabotage of the weapons industry in Iran. “The operation, described as extremely successful, was halted recently in connection withing US air attack on Iran,” said the report. “Targets would also be bombed which were connected with the Dutch espionage action.”
plans for an impend

“Well placed” sources told the paper that a top agent had been recalled recently “because the US was thought to be making a decision within weeks to attack Iran with unmanned aircraft”. Information from the AIVD operation has in recent years been shared with the American CIA secret service.”

Brig Gen Seyyed Massoud Jazayeri, deputy chief of the Iranian armed forces, warned at the weekend that military attacks against Iran would trigger a Third World War. “The exorbitant demands of the US leaders and the global Zionism which have created the current situation in Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan and Caucasus are gradually directing the world to the edge of the cliff,” he said.

The US has refused to rule out a military attack against Iran if its government continues to enrich uranium as part of its civilian nuclear programme, which the West suspects has the clandestine objective of developing atomic weapons. Iran has warned it would close the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the entrance to the Gulf and a major oil shipping route, if it is attacked. On Friday, the Israel newspaper Ma’ariv reported that Israel has stepped up preparations for a contingency plan to attack Iran, should diplomatic efforts, via the United Nations, fail to derail Tehran’s suspected nuclear weapons programme.

As a bargaining tactic to pressure Iran this war pimping seems popular but does it mean more…How well connected is AIVD and is this just further ‘well placed source’ bullshit. I have no idea, but we do know many people want to attack Iran and for my money the timing would be either-

  • Before the US election to aid the campaign of McCain, consequently it would be sometime in October probably, (the Russian situation also plays into this, they have not been in favour of a strike but now with relations so strained the ‘West’ won’t much care).
  • After the Republicans losing the US election, worrying Obama would not be belligerent enough (although little sign) they would attack between the loss and Bush’s handover in January, possibly even at the last minute to leave the mess for the incoming administration.

In either case the attack will be coordinated with Israel, with the UK and other security council shills support. Either scenarios might be preceded by an ‘incident’ that stokes nationalist fervour or disapproval of Iranian human rights, ie. designed to provide a moral narrative to the attack for the gullible majority, icing on the nuclear paranoia cake. An attack will cause a massive upsurge in violence particularly in Iraq and destroy any faint withdrawal chances there were and oil prices will skyrocket, low income people globally will be very badly hit and for the north- winter is coming. Radioactive fallout could spread throughout Iran and beyond, there will be casualties in Iran directly from the attack, depending on the target selection facilities in built up areas could be hit as well as the basic fact precision munitions fail. Civilian deaths both among workers and localised residential areas will be unavoidable. Then there is the Iranian government’s resolve to respond in kind to an attack. This isn’t a country that’s been strangled by sanctions for a decade.

The other implications are also serious-

  • A European nation having agents sabotaging another sovereign country’s industry.
  • America being aware and despite its success they are allegedly wanting to strike anyway (no surprise given weapons inspections worked in Iraq but it didn’t deter the warmongers from invading).

I’m sorry, I am ashamed but I see no realistic means for people to stop the ruling groups from doing this. If it is true that the biggest obstacle to an attack is American military opposition then it’s a sad state of affairs and ultimately a soldier of any rank will obey orders, or be fired until they find someone who will (eg. Christianist politically ambitious conservative Petraeus). Democracy so decayed our elites have to answer to their immediate ultra wealthy global constituency, their ‘base’ and no one else.

There is a racist idea Iran is a suicidal nation that will secretly build nukes and then attack with them. It’s absolute bullshit, they recognise Mutually Assured Destruction just as Israel with its 200 nukes and the US with its thousands do. This is not about having nuclear weapons (which even if Iran wanted them they are years off achieving, learn some fucking science retards) it’s about maintaining imperial power for the US and its client Israel in an oil rich region of the earth. And for the future limiting the supply of nuclear fuel to a few favoured nations which the rest have to buy from at cartel determined prices. For the people of Iran an attack would be disastrous as the authoritarian government will exploit an external threat (just as Bush did in the US, Blair in the UK ) and the chance for political change will be lost. America also needs Iran to help it manage Iraq, quite how it thinks it will survive if Iran pursues all possible avenues to counter-attack is a mystery. Iran resisted Saddam backed by the US at his mightiest and by now few Iraqis welcome the occupation troops anymore. Iran and it’s allies in Iraq… it’ll be The Fall of Saigon 2.0

I don’t think -that- many rational people of whatever political outlook favour an attack, but rational people are not in control. In politics and the corporate media, showmen & women, ideologues, loudmouths and sociopaths peddle fictions to achieve their career goals and the viscera of the slain feels as good to them underfoot as sweet meadow grass. Which is why items like this Dutch spookiness cannot be reflexively discounted for what it may signify.

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